Heather Beeby, Head of Lancing Prep at Worthing, believes firmly that the library should be the beating heart of a school. Her aim was to create a welcoming and inspiring place for children to read, learn, research and enjoy. Under the expert guidance of Lancing College Librarian, Serena Marchant, and with a lot of hard work from LPW staff, that aim has become a reality.
At a time when many school libraries are being closed, LPW is delighted to have a completely refurbished library for its pupils. It is a light, bright and fresh learning space with comfortable furniture, PC stations and, most importantly of all, an ever-growing and constantly changing selection of children’s books.
This has been achieved through the support of the Lancing Foundation and the new library is to be known as the Foundation Library. The school is thrilled that the library has been opened by children’s author, Philip Womack, who is himself a former pupil of Lancing College. Foundation Director, Catherine Reeve, commented, “Lancing College has a long and illustrious history of alumni in the literary world and it is fitting that the Foundation Library will enable Lancing Prep at Worthing to inspire a new generation of writers.”
Heather Beeby is sure the Foundation Library will be a success with the children. “Our children love reading; our Drop Everything And Read initiative (DEAR) gives every pupil the opportunity to pick up a book during the school week. The Foundation Library may sometimes be silent and sometimes buzz with chatter about the exciting books and stories the children are reading. It will most certainly lie at the heart of our school and the education we provide for our pupils.”